BCCA is thrilled to introduce our new webinar series: Understanding and Managing Pain

Did you know that here in BC, 20% of the population suffers from some form of chronic pain? Chiropractors have a significant opportunity to play a larger role in BC’s healthcare landscape. One of the ways in which BCCA is working to integrate chiropractors into this landscape is through our partnership with Pain BC.  

As a lead-up to the Pain Management Program, which is being developed in partnership with Pain BC, and which will be available to BCCA members in the fall, we are thrilled to present our members with a free webinar series: Understanding and Managing Pain. This series serves as an introduction to some of the concepts, which will be explored more in depth during the program.

Beginning March 30, BCCA will offer 3 free lunch-hour webinars. Webinars will last 45 minutes (30-minute presentation and 15-minute Q&A). Webinars are free but we do ask for pre-registration in order to reserve limited spots.


Webinar 1: “Putting the Science of Pain into Practice” with Dr. Richard McIlmoyle 

Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 12:15 – 1:00 pm
Presenter: Dr. Richard McIlmoyle, DC, Chiropractor at Achieve Health Clinic and Instructor at West Coast College of Massage Therapy

In this webinar Dr. McIlmoyle will present:

  • An overview of pain from a biopsychosocial viewpoint vs. a pathomechanical viewpoint
  • Understanding the generation of pain (Placebo/Nocebo effects)
  • Applying these concepts in practice: managing patient expectations in order to help them have better outcomes, and the role of adjustment in chronic pain.
 *If you missed this webinar, a recording of it will be available to BCCA members in May/June, after the 3rd live webinar*

Webinar 2: “Chiropractic: A Key Piece of the Chronic Pain Puzzle”
Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 12:15 – 1:00 pm. 
Presenter:  Dr. Demetry Assimakopoulos, DC, Clinical Coordinator at the UHN Comprehensive Pain Program and Chiropractor at Centre for Fitness Health and Performance.  

In this webinar Dr. Assimakopoulos will discuss the complex puzzle of chronic pain, how chiropractors provide an essential piece in that puzzle and how they fit with the other health professionals on the team. He will examine the burden of chronic pain, and what has been tried and what has failed to relieve this burden. Finally, he will discuss the tools at a chiropractor’s disposal, as well as what can be added to the chiropractors’ toolbox to help ease the burden for their patients

*If you missed this webinar, a recording of it will be available to BCCA members in May/June, after the 3rd live webinar*

Webinar 3:
 “Chronic Pain & CBT: A Treatment Tool for Chiropractors”

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – 12:15 – 1:00 pm. 
Presenter:  Judy Le Page, Ph.D., Registered Psychologist, Adjunct Professor, Division of Rheumatology, University of British Columbia.

In this webinar, Dr. Judy Le Page, Registered Psychologist, will provide a brief description of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), some of the key principles behind CBT, and how CBT has been used to treat anxiety and depression. She will also discuss some of the key cognitive and behavioural factors associated with chronic pain, and how CBT skills can be incorporated into a chiropractic practice in order to engage the chronic pain patient in treatment, and help facilitate their rehabilitation process.


CCGI Evidence-Informed Practice Learning Module Now Available

On 5 May, the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) launched a new series of online learning modules delivered in collaboration with the Continuing Education program of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. The first interactive learning module is on Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP).This module is free of charge, educational and fun to complete and includes a short quiz at the end to test participants’ knowledge. You will find video clips, case studies, and useful hyperlinks to websites and other resources on guidelines and best practices designed to help clinicians put evidence-informed practice into their day-to-day clinical work. The estimated time required for completing the module and the quiz is 30 minutesClinicians who complete the module and quiz will receive a certificate of completion that can be applied for one credit hour of CE.Follow this link to access the module: https://ce.cmcc.ca/#/purchase/category/582

Keeping Athletes in the Game

It also wasn’t long ago that we heard about Sidney Crosby’s astounding recovery thanks to chiropractic treatment.  Even further back, during the 1997 Skydome race against Michael Johnson in Toronto, Donovan Bailey received treatment from his chiropractor just minutes before sprinting to a first place finish that maintained his title as the world’s fastest man for three more years.  On an even larger scale, the 2010 Winter Olympics were proud to be the first to fully integrate chiropractic into host medical services.  Even with this recent success, chiropractic doctors were already working directly with sports teams and Olympic athletes decades before the Vancouver Games.History has shown us that chiropractic is widely recognized in the athletic arena. Professional sports teams understand the importance of retaining a team chiropractor who can attend to players on the sidelines during games.  The list of examples is endless (golf pros, MMA fighters, hockey players, extreme snowboarders, etc.).  Whether an athlete is on a team or participating in an individual sport, chiropractic has probably played a role in their athletic development.  There is a staggering amount of evidence and research that supports the effectiveness of chiropractic, but it is even more telling to note just how many athletes depend on chiropractors to keep them in the game.Athletes are backed by healthcare teams that consist of several different medical professionals and more often than not include a chiropractor or two.  This team approach is key to the athlete’s well-being and efficiency in their sport.  As such, athletes receive some of the best health care available from a wide range of qualified providers.Having a chiropractic doctor as part of the healthcare team is even more important when you consider the forces and stresses athletes subject themselves to.  Their bodies are pushed to the limit which means they must be in peak physical condition at all times.  Training and performing at this level may cause the athlete to be more susceptible to injury.  Some of the demands of the sport may also be unnatural to the human body, say for example taking strides while skating, which can pose increased risk.  Let’s not forget environmental hazards where athletes compete: a slippery field, a hard running surface, high altitudes or blistering heat just to name a few.  By working with coaches and athletes themselves, chiropractic doctors can recommend specific exercises and techniques to promote quality movement specific to their sport and help mitigate the risk of injury.The truth is chiropractors are well positioned to work with athletes.  Musculoskeletal and neurological function forms the core of a chiropractic doctor’s scope of practice.  Biomechanics, physiology and biochemistry are just a few of the topics chiropractic students will study during their 7-8 year education.  In conjunction with the expertise offered by other health professions, the athlete is at the centre of care and is able to take advantage of multiple perspectives.Of course, not all of us are pro athletes, but many of us still receive the benefit of chiropractic care.  Approximately 80% of Canadians will experience a spine or spine related problem and that’s not just the high performance types.  The one thing we do have in common is that we all have a back, something all chiropractors understand very well.

Be thoughtful about workplace safety

Apart from our homes, the workplace is where we spend most of our time.  Most of the tasks we are conducting at work are repeat tasks – Sitting at a desk, driving a vehicle, lifting boxes, hammering nails or a countless list of other duties that make up our day to day work life.  The danger lies in repeat movements and sedentary postures.  As benign as they may seem, patients with workplace injuries would tell you otherwise.Nearly 100,000 claims for workplace injuries were accepted in 2009.  Over 50% of these injuries are attributed to back and other body strains.  Most, if not all of these accidents are preventable if we take the time to stop and be considerate about our workplace environment and situations.  Do you feel alert and ready for work?  Have you taken a few moments to “warm up” before lifting boxes or conducting other physical activity?  Do you have the right equipment available for a safe day at work, including an ergonomic chair or keyboard?  If these questions bring up concerns, it may be time to address them with your employer.  Happy, healthy employees are productive employees – all good things that your employer benefits from.Of course posture, taking frequent breaks and stretching before work are all excellent preventative methods.  Perhaps the most important prevention step of all is simply stopping to think about your actions before you start.  Is it really a surprise that the day you have a huge deadline and are flustered with the details is the same day you accidentally sent an email to the wrong recipient?  It could also be the day that you reach for that box in the mail room that is on the highest shelf.  Not allowing yourself enough time to consider your plan of attack can be hazardous.  There are no deadlines in this world that are more important than your safety.All of us are guilty of “not thinking” at one time or another and chances are it has resulted in an injury.  If you do find yourself in a bit of a sore spot [pardon the pun], it is a good idea to talk to your family chiropractor about recovery options.  Injuries that are caught early are less likely to become chronic.  Let’s not forget, what affects us at work is going to follow us home and impact the activities in life that we enjoy.Getting hurt also gives us pause to stop and think about how we can work safer.  Remember, the things that you do to make your workplace safer benefit everyone.  Now, are you ready to speak with your boss about getting you that ergonomic keyboard?